Torquay boss feels draw is fair result

Paul McCallum, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul McCallum, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler

Alan Knill had no complaints with a point for his side on Saturday.

Torquay had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Plainmoor, despite taking the lead after just 17 seconds through Jordan Chappell.

Knill was under no illusions about the size of the task his team faced against Pompey.

And he was fully aware it would be difficult defending that advantage for 89 minutes.

Knill said: ‘It was a long time to be at 1-0 but it was a great start.

‘We knew it would be a tough game when Portsmouth are coming here.

‘But when you’re in our current position, everybody calls it a dogfight, so the first thing you have to do is fight.

‘We did that really well but I would say a draw was probably a fair result.

‘We’re obviously disappointed not to keep it out of our net near the end but attitude, application and work ethic are the things you need to get up the league – and we showed that.’

Torquay handed a full debut to Paul McCallum after he arrived on loan from West Ham this week.

He was a handful and gave Pompey problems with his strength and work-rate.

McCallum was withdrawn in the second half as he felt an injury – a sight which would have been a relief for Blues fans.

Knill believes such moments are typical of the fortune the strugglers are having at present.

He said: ‘We’re not having an awful lot of luck.

‘We’re doing okay in a game and then the centre-forward feels his groin, so we take him off and it made the game different for us because Paul was excellent.

‘Every time the ball went up there, he put his head on it and gave us another dimension.

‘He caused Portsmouth a lot of problems and once you take that out of the way, it became difficult.

‘We had to change our shape and they’re throwing on quality players.’